Ballet Hispanico

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  Seeking a Company Manager.


  Seeking a Director of Development and an Executive Assistant.


  All positions are filled at this time.


  Seeking Teaching Artists.


  See available internships.

Company Manager

Position Description
The Company Manager is a full-time exempt employee of Ballet Hispanico reporting to the Artistic and Executive Directors, with full responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the renowned 15-member dance company under the leadership of Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro. Ballet Hispanico tours from 10 to 15 weeks each year and self-presents two seasons in New York. The organization also commissions two to four new works each year for the company and fully integrates the company dancers in an extended program of educational activities. The company’s staff includes a Rehearsal Director, Production Director and Wardrobe Supervisor. A strong team of management staff and professional consultants also supports the company’s activities internally. Ballet Hispanico is an AGMA signatory; the current contract extends through July 2015.
The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of and experience with a professional touring dance company. Relevant experience will include presenter relations, union relations, financial planning and management, contract negotiations, O-1 Visa applications, and theatrical production. He/she must have the personal skills to work with artists, designers, musicians, agents, and the general public. A strong responsibility for financial management is expected. This position works closely with fellow senior staff members to ensure that the institution is fulfilling its mission and strategic goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
Personnel responsibilities:
§ Manage AGMA contract compliance and relationships and serve as key team member for negotiation of AGMA agreements
§ Oversee communication among all company personnel
§ Negotiate agreements with guest artists and secure performance rights
§ Secure performance rights for recorded music
§ Prepare timely O-1 Visa applications for dancers and guest artists
§ Manage dancers’ injury prevention program and emergency visits
§ Handle workers compensation reporting and record-keeping
§ Prepare detailed weekly payroll for dancers and guest artists
Touring and performance responsibilities:
  • Working closely with booking agency and Artistic Director, serve as primary company liaison with presenters
  • Prepare detailed touring schedules for company
  • Manage all aspects of company and visiting artists’ travel and hotel arrangements
  • Manage prepared program copy for all presenters and New York seasons.
  • Ensure that presenter’s marketing and promotional needs are fulfilled
  • Handle box office relationships and company house seats
  • Collect and manage tour fees and box office receipts
Organizational responsibilities:
  • Prepare and manage annual company income and expense budget
  • Support institution-wide activities such as the annual gala
Qualifications and Skills
§ Five years of experience in professional company management with national and international touring
§ Practical knowledge of all areas of dance and theater production
§ Experience with box office protocol and reconciliation
§ Experience in dealing with union contracts and negotiation
§ Excellent interpersonal skills with a courteous and professional demeanor 
§ Willingness to undertake frequent travel and a work schedule that includes nights, weekends and holidays
§ Strong organizational and planning skills with a capacity to multi-task
§ Exceptional attention to detail
§ Ability to work independently as well as within a staff team framework
§ Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
§ High degree of proficiency in MS Office environment, including Word and Excel
§ Enjoy working in a fast-paced and collegial environment
§ Knowledge of Spanish is a plus
Starting date: October 1, 2014
To Apply
Please send your resume to Fredrick Pandian, Director of Finance & Administration at No phone calls, please. Ballet Hispanico provides a competitive salary and benefits package. 

Download job description here.


Executive Assistant

Ballet Hispanico seeks a high-level Executive Assistant to provide administrative and project management support to Ballet Hispanico’s Executive Office. The Executive Assistant will ensure the office’s effective and efficient operation, facilitate the flow of information throughout the organization, manage schedules and communications, and provide clerical support for the organization’s Artistic and Executive Directors. Additionally, the Executive Assistant will act as an important liaison between the Board of Directors, Senior Staff and Executive Office.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Interest in and knowledge of performing arts management.
• Ability to maintain positive, cooperative, calm, professional and collaborative interaction with everyone.
• Excellent time management and planning skills
• Excellent written communications skills.
• Spanish (written and oral) extremely desirable.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Outlook is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel helpful.
• Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
• Position requires attendance and support for occasional evening and weekend events including, but not limited to, the annual gala and opening nights for the Joyce and Apollo seasons.

• This position is scheduled Monday through Friday, though some evening and possibly weekend hours will be required during performance and events seasons. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Ballet Hispanico provides an excellent benefits package, including individual medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance and a 403B plan.

How to Apply
• To apply, please send your resume to Fredrick Pandian, Director of Finance & Administration at No phone calls, please.

Job description can also be downloaded here.


Director of Development

Ballet Hispanico seeks an experienced Director of Development. The Director of Development leads Ballet Hispanico’s fund-raising efforts and, in addition to the Executive Director, works closely with the Artistic Director, the Chair of the Board of Directors and several committees of the board to achieve the organization’s contributed income goals.
Ballet Hispanico’s Director of Development is responsible for developing and implementing a plan to achieve all annual fundraising goals in support of the organization’s $5.4M annual budget. This includes: securing renewed and new funding in the areas of individual, institutional and government support; identifying, prioritizing and developing strategies for new opportunities; and planning and implementing special events.
In collaboration with the Director of Marketing & Communcations, the Director of Development will develop an external communications strategy that increases awareness and understanding of Ballet Hispanico’s mission and services to the community, institutions and the media.
About Ballet Hispanico:
Founded in 1970 by Tina Ramírez, Ballet Hispanico explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance.  The organization’s programs include the professional Company, the School of Dance and Education & Outreach programs. Additionally:
This is an especially exciting time for Ballet Hispanico: The Company’s 2014 season concludes with over 40 weeks of highly acclaimed national and international touring; special contributions totaling $4.2M have been received in the last two years for operating and capital gifts; and a major façade and first floor renovation is scheduled for this summer. 
Specific Duties (Include, but are not limited to):
·         Create and implement an innovative development strategy that engages all of the organization’s resources, especially the Board of Directors and the executive/artistic leadership team and that consistently retains and secures new revenue for the organization.
·         Lead the individual giving program by cultivating relationships with existing donors as well as researching and recruiting new individual donors, especially “major” donors.
·         Oversee the institutional funding program and identify new and prospective foundation and public funders.
·         Oversee planning and execution of fundraising and special events including the annual gala, the New York City performance season and smaller events throughout the year.
·         Promote and solicit corporate sponsorship for Company activities, special events and program development initiatives undertaken by the organization.  Develop sponsorship marketing materials in collaboration with the Director of Marketing & Communications.
·         In consultation with the Board Chair and Executive Director, set well-researched and achievable goals and benchmarks.
·         Prepare and monitor fundraising department’s budget along with budgets that accompany grant proposals.
·         Oversee and/or execute all fundraising proposals and donor relation activities including database management, acknowledgement letters, reports, etc.
·         Assist the Director of Marketing & Communications in the development and delivery of an external communications strategy that increases awareness and understanding of Ballet Hispanico’s mission and services to the community.
·         Represent Ballet Hispanico at performances, showings and industry events.
Work Schedule/Salary
This position is scheduled Monday through Friday, though some evening and possibly weekend hours will be required during performance and events seasons. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Ballet Hispanico provides an excellent benefits package, including individual medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance and a 403B plan.
·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, required. Master’s degree preferred;
·         Minimum of 7 years of non-profit fundraising experience, and 3 in leadership roles, with knowledge of and expertise in principles of philanthropy and fundraising;
·         A proven track record securing institutional gifts and corporate sponsorships;
·         Significant individual and major gift fundraising experience;
·         A demonstrated ability to think creatively and bring fresh ideas and approaches to fundraising initiatives;
·         Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with an ability to be an effective public speaker.  Knowledge of Spanish is desirable, though not required;
·         Experience forecasting, managing and reporting on fiscal budgets;
·         Excellent planning and organizational skills;
·         Excellent supervisory skills with experience in managing staff and working collaboratively with colleagues throughout the organization;
·         Experience with special event planning and coordination;
·         An arts-related background;
·         Familiarity with New York’s arts philanthropic community;
·         A self-starter who is capable of juggling multiple projects across varying time frames;
·         A commitment to Ballet Hispanico’s mission.
How to Apply
To apply, please send your resume to Fredrick Pandian, Director of Finance & Administration at No phone calls, please.

Job description can also be downloaded here.


Education & Outreach Teaching Artists

Ballet Hispanico is currently accepting teaching artist applications for part-time work in our Education & Outreach program.

We offer a series of dance education residency activities that serve students, educators, dance audiences, parents and the general public. At Ballet Hispanico we share a unique blend of dance and learning about the Hispanic and Latino Diaspora. Our programs support student achievement in the classroom and inspiring a passion for learning and discovery that will last a lifetime.

We invite applications from Teaching artists who specialize in: Afro-Caribbean, Creative Movement, Folkloric Dances from the Americas, Latin Partner Dances, Modern Dance (Choreography and Repertory Work), Dances from Spain/Flamenco, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Dance Composition, Improvisation, Technique, Partnering. We welcome submissions related to other dance forms of the Americas not listed here.

Ballet Hispanico Teaching artists possess:
  • experience teaching in k-12 urban school settings and communities of teachers, parents and neighborhood centers
  • a passion for working in schools with children who may have never danced before
  • an educational background that supports sequential, scaffolded teaching that is fun and organized
  • strong, engaging and positive classroom management and interpersonal skills
  • the ability to create fun lessons that take complicated steps and make them accessible to children in an easy to understand, child-friendly structured manner
  • knowledge about Ballet Hispanico’s history and awareness of social and historical influence of Hispanic and Latino culture on the dance form they teach
  • a demonstrated ability to plan lessons and an entire residency including the integration of the art form into classroom curriculum
  • a demeanor that reflects warmth, openness, enthusiasm, willingness to grow and work as part of a team.
  • excellent administrative skills related to deadlines, email responsiveness, flexibility and professionalism

Please send cover letter, resumes, and sample residency outline to:

Internships and Volunteers


Ballet Hispanico offers a comprehensive, full-time and part-time internship program. Interns experience professional and educational mentorship in the areas of Arts Administration, Marketing, Production and Education. If you are an undergraduate student, graduate student, recent college graduate or an early-career professional, you could be part of this fantastic program! (see descriptions below).


  • Invitations to BH events, rehearsals, and performances
  • Exposure to the workings of all departments
  • Attendance at departmental and full staff meetings
  • Network with staff and professionals in the field
  • Gain experience that will increase value to prospective employers
  • Build a resume and references


A complete application consisting of the following:
  • A cover letter describing of your career path and how it relates to being an intern at Ballet Hispanico. Please also include which internship(s) you are applying for
  • A resume including administrative and relevant experience


All material should be addressed to BH Internship Program.
Please submit your application only once by one of the means below:

Ballet Hispanico Internship Program:
167 W. 89th St., New York, NY 10024;
Fax: (212) 362-3081

Please, no duplicate submissions and no phone calls.


Once we have received your application, our office will be in touch to confirm receipt of your materials, and/or set-up an interview.


  • Fall (September-December): July 31st
  • Spring (February-June): November 30th
  • Summer (June-August): March 30th

Internships Available



Gain insight into the details of this type of work by researching and creating tour packs, assisting in the drafting of dancer contracts, helping to coordinate tour travel needs, and researching licensing for music rights. Supervised by the Company Manager, interns will have an opportunity to experience the full process, from inception, to rehearsal, pre-production, to performance, of a professional company. They will interact with the Production team, Rehearsal Director and support the efforts of the Artistic Director. Attention to detail is essential, as is an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. 15-20 hours per week. SPRING


Interns work with the Education Staff in administering residencies, student performances, Performances for Young People, professional development workshops, and family workshops. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, gathering resources and information that supports the development of education materials for educators and teaching artists; and assisting teaching artists during workshops. In addition, interns will have opportunities to observe our seasoned teaching artists in action. 10-20 hours per week. SPRING, SUMMER


Assist Technical Director, who handles all technical aspects of Ballet Hispanico productions with the School, Company and Education & Outreach, including benefits, special events, and workshops. Interns also assist in providing administrative support to the production department (Stage Manager and Wardrobe Supervisor). Full-time SUMMER ONLY


Interns work closely with the Wardrobe Supervisor, the dance company, school personnel, and teaching artists. Responsibilities would include taking measurements, costume maintenance, performance dressing & quick changes. Interns will have the opportunity to work with productions staff for performances in May and June. Sewing Skills a must! SPRING, SUMMER


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